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Coda - 2016 Coda

LABEL: Z Records
SERIAL: ZR1997191
YEAR: 2016


LINEUP: Paul Sabu - vocals, guitars * Vince O'Regan - guitars * Eric Ragno - keyboards * E.J Curse - bass * Andy Pierce - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 All Hail * 02 Blind Mistake * 03 Den Of Thieves * 04 Heat On Ice * 05 Land Of The Free * 06 One Friend To Another * 07 One Way To Love * 08 Tell Me Why * 09 Use It Or Lose It *10 Whole Lotta Nothin'



Well 2016 has delivered its first super-group of 2016, and it had to include Paul Sabu. How cool is that? Unfortunately, what isn't cool are the contents of the new self-titled album from Coda, which include British guitarist Vince O'Regan (Legion), American keyboardist Eric Ragno (numerous credits) and Silent Rage bassist E.J Curse (Curcio). At face value, Coda have all the makings of melodic rock kings, but truth be told, this sounds uneven and mediocre, and not even great names and reputations can spread fairy dust and rainbow glow over this to make it better.

The Songs
What's going on here? Well, it's heavy and boisterous, but big guitar riffs and loud shout-outs doesn't mean it's heading for the year-end Best Of Charts. The thing that really kills it for me are Sabu's vocals. It seems the ravages of time (and the studio) have caught up with him. I found it tough to sit through these ten tracks, all things considered. 'Blind Mistake' and 'Land Of The Free' are big riffing affairs, Coda then acclimatise to a ballad with 'Den Of Thieves', but the vocal shout-outs are a bit hamfisted for my liking. I actually heard some keyboards on 'Tell Me Why', so too 'Use It Or Lose It' which for mine, is the best thing here, but that would be pushing it.

In Summary
Suffice to say the involvement of dubious British label Z Records doesn't help Coda's cause. I don't think they would've have tinkered with the final mix (unlike some other labels that I know of), but as they say.. 'tarred with the same brush' applies liberally here. Sabu's other recent material has been a little off-base for me. Too loud, too brash, and the vocals don't quite do it for me. Other listeners might warm to it, but I think the glory days of early Sabu, Kidd Glove and Only Child, which are truly the benchmark points of Paul's long and distinguished career, have long been snuffed out. Consider yourselves forewarned and forearmed. [ word count 338]

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#1 | mickey on April 18 2016 23:20:06
i agree, very disapointing, and Paul Sabu can't sing,
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